What style of Motorhome

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  1. French1

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    Hi, we are a young couple with 2 small kids and we are considering buying a motorhome. (we have tried everything else!) we have noticed that there are quite a few different styles such as the ones with the bed over the cab etc and wondered if anyone can give any advice on which styles are the best and why?
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Can't comment on other layouts but we have a front dinette with double bed in the Luton over the cab when we take our grandson with us he sleeps up there and we can still sit and do whatever
    All depends on how much you want to spend ???
    End lounge with front dinette would also work well
    Best advice is get to as many dealers as possible and look at as many vans as you can before deciding
     
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    I've just gone through this, but it depends to some extent on your budget.

    Two children mean two beds, usually. Plus one for you and your lady.

    So that's usually an over-cab bed, a dining area bed and a rear bed of some sort.

    You can have the rear bed as a U-shaped lounge area if that's what you'd like, or a fixed bed with good storage underneath. Don't underestimate storage with kids!

    The dinette bed could be a single or double, depending on layout.

    Or you could find a model with bunks. That'll save alot of space.

    We found by far the best way forward was to rent one or two. Which we did. We learnt a lot about what we wanted and, more importantly, what we didn't want. That was both in terms of layout and quality. And price.

    So, we ended up (or will in 2 weeks I hope!) with an A-Class with a bar-version layout (single dinette bed) and fixed rear bed with overcab double. Suits us just fine.

    PLEASE look and take your time. It's an expensive mistake to make if you get it wrong.
     
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    Look at loads and hire a couple of times before you buy,otherwise it can be a very expensive way to find out what you DON'T want .
    Just saw that Bellini beat me by 2 min:BigGrin:
     
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    As people have already said LAYOUT is the most important thing --look at lots,try then decide :thumb:what works for you may not work for others :BigGrin:Luton/overcab beds may work for lots but not for us same as dinettes :Wink:
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    We travel a lot with our grandkids and other family members.

    Our prefered layout is overhead bunk, front dinette and rear U lounge..

    This is theory gives 6 sleeping places... The rear lounge changes in less than 2 minutes to a huge bed. Dinette also becomes a small double bed..
    Motorhoming is a lovely when your out in the sun and can be sat outside BUT consider bad weather and cold nights.. With kids it's nice to have some working space.. The lounge area keeps them away and somewhere to play / be entertained while cooking is taking place. You have the dinette area for meals and somewhere if they want to play on a table while you lounge about in the back..

    At night, put them in the lounge bed and you can close off the rear. Leaving adults somewhere to sit at night and can still put the kettle on..


    As a minimum you need a dinette area and 2 rear seat belts....

    I notice you list location as France, the rear U lounge is more a Brit thing so may not be found in many continental vans..
     
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    thanks for your replies everyone, we have got to try and keep it a bit smaller as my husband needs to use it for work too, so one with an over cab bed and bunks would be great (still wondering how a 2yr old and a 5yr old will get on sleeping in the same bed!) but there are so many different makes and models its hard to know which is best. there arn't any big dealers around us to go and have a mooch round either.
    has anyone got one of the ones with the pull down bed over the cab?
     
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    You don't need to look far for good vans in France.

    Check out the Challenger brand, they make some really good family vans. They are sold over here as Chausson.

    http://www.challenger.tm.fr/en/birthday-birthday-33

    Also, before you buy, identify what your intended use will be. You can save a fortune on ski holidays to the Alps, but you need a van capable of surviving the low temperatures.
    You live in a country which is a paradise for motorhomes, if you use the Aire du service camping car network, you will have some very enjoyable and inexpensive adventures.
    A popular layout you might consider which will give a good compromise between space, storage and size, might be a 6 berth coach built over cab model with rear bunks. The lower rear bunk can fold up to allow the space to double up as a garage. Kids can use the bunks, Mama et Papa can use the overcab bed, the lounge can stay set up.
    The overcab on those Challengers/Chausson vans is HUGE. I can sit up and read in ours with no problems!:thumb:

    Good luck with your search!:BigGrin:
     
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    I would also think about where the kids will sleep in a couple of years time.
    At five and two I should think they'll be happy to share a bed.

    But in a brief couple of years they might not be so happy to do so.

    Ours (nine and five) don't like sharing anymore, we are looking to change van, our perfect layout is this http://www.webbsmotorcaravans.co.uk/motorcaravanDetails.php?ID=1809 you get a bed for us, bunks for the kids, a dinette plus bench, which we consider essential for lounging :Smile:

    Might be a tad large for you though !

    Good luck with your search
     
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    We take our niece and nephew. They have stopped sharing the overcab now. We have to make up a lounge bed for the lad.
    Our layout consists of 3 doubles.
    I think the bunks are essential for mixed sex kids as they get older.:thumb:
     
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    Nice looking van moho
     
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    Thanks Guys, the ones with the bunks would def be the best but typically all seem to be miles away or too old for the money compared to ones without bunks. will carry on looking, not in a major hurry. Are the flatter vans better on fuel than the ones with over cab beds?
     
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    Hi, I agree with a lot that has been said but a couple of things to consider before you get anywhere near a motorhome!

    How do you intend to 'holiday' with the MH?
    Are you the type that will stay on a site for a week or more, or do you intend to travel round, stopping only a day or two in one place? If the former then a MH might not be the best thing for you and maybe a caravan would be better (sorry for using the 'c' word :RollEyes:), if the latter, then a MH would seem more suited.

    Practical Usability
    You then have to consider how the size of a MH will affect you going out for day visits, shopping etc as parking will be more difficult the larger it is so a second form of transport may need to be considered.

    Other usage
    You say your hubby will need to use the MH for work ... not sure what this means in reality for you, is this just commuting, or actually as a works vehicle? If the former then the size may not be such a restrictive factor, however if the latter then this could cause problems if it is too big and also insurance might also be an issue/expensive.

    These are just a few initial thoughts and are by no means meant to dissuade you but it certainly needs careful though to avoid making a decision which could be very expensive if you get it wrong.
     
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    I would suggest a rear bunk bed model :thumb:

    Kids get there own space and so do you
     
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    Thanks for the advice Minx, it certainly makes sense. we have done the caravan thing, the boat thing, the holiday home thing, latest thing being the trailer tent, but have come to the conclusion that because we get away so little that we would probably see and do more taking short breaks and moving around more, so thats why we are looking at motorhomes. this is coupled with the fact that my hubby has to often catch flights at very random places and time for his job (driving band buses) so he was looking for a camper he can use to stop in when he goes to paris etc instead of getting up at silly oclock to get to airports via train before having to drive a coach. So we want a multipurpose van really.
    thanks for your advice i really dont want to make a huge mistake in what we buy!
     
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    We viewed it on sunday, most disappointed.

    Iveco part was perfect, outside was perfect, both just like new.

    We really wanted it to be the van for us, have been eyeing it for a few weeks, did 180mile round trip to view.

    Inside, nearly every locker hinge had come away from cabinet or door and not easily repairable. Shower door in a bad way and appeared to be badly designed, not just a case of expensive replacement.
    Slightly disappointed at the interior quality, particularly the wood.

    Couldn't bring myself to part with anything close to 33k for it, so walked away.


    >>>>French 1, I think that you are right to take your time, just as we are.
    I'm certain the right van for you will come up, bunk models seem very popular on the Continent...
     
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    Which van

    Hi, yes, ours has a drop down double bed, plus a 3/4 bed on one side of the lounge and a single on the other, all in 6.3m. As it happens, our daughter, her husband and their two. Kids aged 15 and 4 are using it this week and getting on fine. The little one is sleeping in the drop down bed, which has a 1ft high safety net.


    The van has two forward facing seats in the lounge with seat belts and is perfect for a family of four, but in fairness, I wouldn't recommend an A class as a suitable vehicle for work commuting, unless you only use wide roads and have lots if room to park. But if you do opt for an A class, you have plenty of choice of either French, German or Italian vans. Happy hunting! Gary
     
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    we have a hymer camp.
    she is 25 years old and has a double if not almost kingsize bed over the cab for us so no bed making.
    there is a 4 seater dining area that mekes into a big doble as it has pull outs at the end of the seats.however we only use that for seating.is comy and loungeable.
    at the rear we have another l-shaped diner wich the 8 year old uses.we leave it made in a bed for her.the l-shaped bit accomodates her toys etc and there is a pull around curtain.also the tv arm will turn toface the rrear so she can watch tv in bed if she wants.some models do a pull down bunk.this would be great for another child..ours is the length of our drive and so is easy to park.the driver seat swivels all the way round and because my hubby is tall he says he feels out of the way here.i am going to have a go at making cab curtains to go around the rear of this seat when its facing the back of the van.
    it works for us.my main bug bear was bed making(we all find sleeping bags uncomfortable) and with this van i have none
     
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    where the bed is ?

    what are the benefits of main bed location,ie end bed or mid bed, getting a Motorhome soon but this part confuses me?
     
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